So, Ali Milner is safe for another week. But so is everyone else on Cover Me Canada . You all can thank Paul Anka for that.
The four remaining contestants covered classic Anka songs while the man himself, was featured as a guest judge. And then he pulled a grandpa and spoiled all the youthful contestants with immunity. The studio audience erupted in ferocious applause while the confused contestants furrowed their brows and clapped awkwardly on the stage. It was a special moment.
Milner, for her part, took on Anka's "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," reworking it into a ska tune. The judges were less enthusiastic about her performance than in previous weeks but all gave their approval, with Ron Fair saying he wasn't sure about the arrangement but that she "could win this thing" if she makes the right choices over the next couple of weeks.
But it's not all up to her or to the judges. Milner fans can help secure Milner's victory by boosting her social media score. It's coming down to the wire folks! Do it! Help her win! It's in your power! Forget politics - here, your vote really does matter!
To vote, and to show Whistler favourite redhead that you really do care, visit www.cbc.ca/covermecanada. Voting is unlimited. Get on this, Whistler.
Cover Me Canada airs on CBC at 9 p.m., Sunday
Alliance for Cultural Tourism has arrived
Please welcome the Alliance for Cultural Tourism (ACT), an informal group of people interested in advancing Whistler's cultural agenda.
ACT plans to put into practice Steven Thorne's divisive cultural tourism development strategy report, "A Tapestry of Place" by developing a comprehensive cultural plan and move Whistler's cultural tourism strategy forward.
"It's an evolutionary thing. We're just getting started and trying to figure out how does an alliance work," says Anne Popma, spokesperson for ACT.
While ACT includes employees of the RMOW, Tourism Whistler, Whistler Arts Council and Chamber of Commerce, ACT is not a municipal committee or a not-for-profit society.
"We don't want it to be a municipal initiative," Popma says. "We want it to be an initiative of the community, not just the arts sector but the business sector as well."
ACT receives no funding, but the RMOW has donated staff time to help ACT organize meetings. Popma says several members of the alliance are also in positions to identify potential sources of revenue to develop the strategy.
So far, none of these revenue sources have been pegged. In fact, ACT has yet to hold its first meeting. Popma says this will be held sometime before year's end, where ACT will create a course of action based on Thorne's report and take it to council for consideration. (Because the RMOW paid for the Thorne report, any plans that arise as a result will be taken before council.)